Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Zhejiang, China - On March 24 Chinese farmers built barricades and roadblocks in protest to 13 new chemical factories they claimed were poisoning their families and crops. At least 40 buses and dozens of cars were overturned as the rebels clashed with 3000 riot police armed with electric batons and tear gas. To elderly villagers were reportedly killed, and many more were injured in the fighting. Since the factories were built in 2002 babies in the area have been delivered still born or with mutations, and crops have been failing.